In a park.
Over looking a beautiful river.
|Wicked Boston Fun.|
So, when UP was scheduled to play a few weeks ago, I was inspired to go above and beyond standard picnic fare. There would be no turkey sandwiches or pasta salad on my watch. No sirree.
My inspired picnic consisted of: proscuitto wrapped asparagus with herbed goat cheese, tomato basil mozzerella skewers, veggies/hummus and an array of cheese, crackers and sausage. And a bottle of fabulous white, of course.
It was two bottles of fabulous white.
I'm hungry just reminiscing about it.
It was rather simple to pull together actually. A leisurely walk over to Trader Joe's in the Back Bay provided me with all I needed AND then some (impulse purchases are the kiss of death to the wallet).
The name lists all the ingredients - so this is a no brainer. I got a package of already sliced prosciutto and herbed goat cheese. Simply steam the asparagus slightly al dente and cool. (Don't over cook, it's important they are firm - limp asparagus is unimpressive in this case.)
Look at these beauties! Don't you just want to eat 'em up?
Tomato Basil Mozzerella Skewers
Oops. You can't be perfect all the time. Nonetheless, the skewers tasted fabulous naked.
In addition to the stellar dishes above - I also got a few different hunks of cheese (gouda, blue and a smelly French one), some sopreseta (sausage) and a Trader Joe's variety boxes of crackers. Add in an aioli garlic mustard and PRESTO:
You've just won of the hearts of your picnic companions. The wine might have something to do with it too....
This was all very easy to pull together. The bigger battle was figuring out what to make and overcoming the misconception that picnics have to be so standard!